Clair Huxtable, the no-nonsense Cosby Show mom with a voice of reason as strong as her 80s fashion sense, always caught my attention.  In a half hour, Clair (Phylicia Rashad) tended to the antics of her children, bonded with her husband, worked as a successful lawyer AND wore some spiffy outfits in the process.  Now put on your blast-from-the past hats, ladies.  Here’s a look at Clair Huxtable’s style, along with some affordable modern day inspirations.

Deconstructing the Clair Huxtable Fashion Statement

Monochrome Mania

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Although Clair Huxtable wore wild color combos on occasion, she was a fan of head-to-toe monochromatic colors.  Jumpsuits or matching pants and blouses were her go-to looks.  Billowy fabrics in bold, shimmery hues were offset by a belt, big jewelry and of course, her perfect hair.

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Mossimo Women's Button Down Blouse, $22.99 from Target

Pleats ‘n Plaid

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Nothing screams “80s” like high-waisted front pleated pants paired with a blouse sprouting shoulder pads.  Clair Huxtable was clearly on the fashion bandwagon in that regard.  Even today, I admit to liking the classic black pants and plaid combo (minus the upturned collar and ultra cinched pant waist).  I can never go wrong adding plaid to black pants or jeans for a fun twist.

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Semi-Sheer Plaid Shirt, $19.90 from Forever21